Airline Troubles Delay Troops Return Home

The airline troubles that delayed the return from Afghanistan of members of South Carolina's Army National Guard appear to be ironed out.

Guard spokesman Colonel Pete Brooks says the entire 1,800-member
unit should be back home by mid-May. So far, 500 have arrived. Those soldiers are either in Fort Bragg, N.C., or back in South Carolina. Earlier this month, a contracted airline's bankruptcy got in the way of about 200 soldiers getting home on time.

Brooks says hundreds more soldiers are expected to arrive at Fort Bragg this weekend. A different Guard unit of 200 military police is expected to arrive back from Iraq over the weekend.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Jarod Location: Jacksonville on Apr 30, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    The reason ATA went bankrupt was due to the U.S. government not renewing the contract that allowed them to transport troops to and from areas of operations. The blame should be put on the government and their lack of planning for this logistics nightmare that has delayed the scheduled return of so many of our service members. ATA stated that part of the reason for their Chapter 11 was due to "the loss of a key contract for our military charter business" (

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